Thanks to some recommendations from Jeremy, Pierre and Jeff, this blog should be running a lot less slowly. I’ve installed memcached, set up wordpress plugins, tuned apache MPM parameters, tweaked iptables and tc rules and beaten on the blog with load testing scripts. It seems that it will now reliably handle around 10 concurrent requests and take less than 5 seconds to bring the page up. This is much better than the previous <2r/s 20s load time. I'm no amazon.com (thank goodness), but I think this will meet the blog's needs quite well.